Mexico is open to U.S. (and other international) travelers arriving via flights, and for travelers comfortable taking a getaway now or in the future, The St. Regis Punta Mita is ready and welcoming. The 120-room resort on the country’s Pacific coast (about an hour’s drive north of Puerta Vallarta) offers three infinity pools, a private beach club, and two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses.
Here, our best advice for making the most of your stay:
Embrace the butler service.
Every single one of the resort’s accommodations – from the deluxe garden-view rooms to the private beachfront villas with Jacuzzis on their terraces – comes with around-the-clock, on-call butler service. “My favorite part about The St. Regis Punta Mita was the butler service that’s available to all guests during their stay,” says Virtuoso travel advisor Victoria Zandell, who visited the resort last November. “Our butler made a conscious note of our preferences and anticipated our needs before we did. We definitely enjoyed the extra pampering and convenience.”
Toast sunset with bubbles.
A spirited highlight of any St. Regis stay: the resorts’ sunset Champagne-sabering tradition. General manager James Hughes oversees the ritual at Punta Mita every Friday evening at six. Kids are included in the fun too: They receive soap bubbles with a popsicle or lemonade.
Become a regular at Mita Mary.
“An unexpected surprise was live music at Mita Mary Boat Bar & Bistro,” says Zendall. “Dinner on the beach, the sparkling ocean, and attentive service was made that much more special by the music’s energy.” The dress code is casual, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the street tacos can’t be skipped.
For a more immersive dining experience, guests can meet up with chef Julio Curiel on Friday mornings to review the day’s fresh catches from local fishermen. Guests can choose the fish they want, then enjoy it later that day at any of the resort’s restaurants, from the Latin-inspired Sea Breeze to the upscale Carolina. (Or – have your butler deliver it to your villa.)
Sail to the Islas Marietas.
Arrange for a 10 a.m. private boat ride to the nearby Marietas, a string of uninhabited volcanic islands that earned national park status in 2005. Only 100 visitors per day can visit the popular Playa Escondida (“hidden beach”) – all the better for uninterrupted, crystal-clear snorkeling. Spot blue-footed boobies from the beach, or lounge on the sand and work on your tan.
Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily, a $100 spa credit, and an on-site photography shoot. This article is sponsored by The St. Regis Punta Mita. Images courtesy of The St. Regis Punta Mita unless otherwise noted. (Top Photo: Victoria Zindell)